NMG@PRAKTIKA_Andrea Resner: Girl Who Kisses Butterflies
Klub Kocka Gallery, Dom mladih Split, Ulica slobode 28
OPENING: Saturday, January 8th 2022, 8 pm
The exhibit is open until Saturday, January 15th.
Viewings can be arranged by contacting the following number: +385989602701.
ABOUT THE WORK:
saint madonna and her grace
tears roll down her marble face
idols skim their shiny skin
saint madonna and her little sin
In her recognizable manner, Andrea Resner creates an ambient installation, retaining multimediality and complementing it this time with another form – poetry. Her poems, written in the period from 2013 until today, represent the path of personal healing and facing one’s own femininity, while constantly searching for it. Dreams, the imaginary, fictional and personal are intertwined here. Phantom threats are manifested in various forms, animals, things and phenomena.
The central figure of Andrea’s installation is a paper sculpture inspired by the medieval representations of Mary Magdalene, in which she is almost completely (often except for her breasts) covered with hair. It is assumed that this iconography represents the merging of two legends about two Marys – Mary Magdalene and Mary of Egypt, referring to their stay in the wild during exile and emphasizing their physicality, symbolically depicting the feminine principle of returning to the body. In this sense, the sculpture corresponds to the processes in which poetry is created, and recurring motifs such as butterflies directly symbolize this transformation. Personal transformation – which is constantly present in Andrea’s work – is also reflected in the transformation of space. While she talks about the greatness of femininity in a gentle, unobtrusive way, she is using the gallery space invasively, completely occupying and conquering it.
Andrea’s expression is full of hyper-femininity and softness in her choice of materials, symbols and colors with which she builds her exhibition. She works with gentle, soft materials like paper, clay and fabric, combining them with materials found in nature. It is in this softness that I recognize the kind of “soft power” of feminism, where softness is used to articulate belonging and resisting the neoliberal and patriarchal logic. In this sense, Andi Schwartz sees softness as a combination of emotionality, vulnerability, relationality and hyper-femininity. She argues that accepting and emphasizing such soft traits (instead of subverting and resisting them) shifts the parameters through which we understand femininity, making it a more inclusive category. Such soft aesthetic, which includes the use of pastel colors and symbols often perceived as girlish, pinpoints the discourse about healing, where healing (which inevitably includes accepting vulnerability and the need to redefine tenderness) is perceived as a kind of resistance, and understanding of femininity as empowering.
“Through an insistence on softness, earnestness, and vulnerability, the femme continues to expand, to be more emotional, to wear more pink, and to further resist masculinist ideals.” 
– Jasmina Šarić
Schwartz A. Soft Femme Theory: Femme Internet Aesthetics and the Politics of “Softness.” Social Media + Society. October 2020.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Andrea Resner was born in Split in 1987. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2012, and again from the Academy of Arts in Split in 2019, majoring in Film and Video.
For years she has been working as a multimedia artist in the fields of drawing, painting, photography, video, film, poetry, performance, costume design, spatial installations and street art. Through her work, she explores the themes of dreams, poetics, femininity, mythology and symbols.
She has exhibited in over twenty group and solo exhibitions and projects in Croatia and Europe. For the last few years, he has been organizing poetry – art – performative workshops in which she leads people through the process of identity inventory and retelling of personal narratives.
CURATOR: Jasmina Šarić
NMG CURATORIAL TEAM: Katarina Duplančić, Natasha Kadin, Vedran Perkov
DESIGN: Nikola Križanac
TRANSLATION: Katarina Duplančić
DOCUMENTATION: Glorija Lizde
SETUP: Katarina Duplančić, Franko Sardelić Kolinac
DONORS: Ministarstvo kulture i medija RH, Grad Split
MAVENA SUPPORTED BY: Zaklada Kultura nova
SPECIAL THANKS: KUM, MKC, PDM, HULU